No. 22 Memphis routs Jackson State
MEMPHIS, Tenn.—Joe Jackson scored 15 points, Chris Crawford added 14 and No. 22 Memphis overcame a lackluster first half to defeat Jackson State 70-45 on Monday night.
Memphis (3-2) outscored Jackson State 45-26 in the second half to pull away.
Jenirro Bush led Jackson State (1-7) with 11 points, the only visitor to reach double figures.
Memphis was coming off a less-than-impressive performance at the Maui Invitational where they lost to Michigan and in overtime to Georgetown. It dropped the Tigers from No. 8 to No. 22 in this week's poll.
Memphis, which struggled in the first half agaist Jackson State, opened the second half with 15 straight points to break open the game.
The Tigers would lead by as many as 31 in the second half.
Crawford led the early rally in the second half with a dunk to open the run and then a pair of 3-pointers later in the streak.
Memphis led 25-19 at halftime, but it was not a memorable performance. Memphis had seven turnovers and continued its propensity of losing the battle on the glass as Jackson State held a 22-14 rebounding advantage at the break.
The half was so low-scoring, neither team had a player in double figures.
Memphis built a 10-point advantage with 3:28 left before halftime by forcing Jackson State turnovers and scoring in transition.
But Memphis let Jackson State chip into the lead in the latter stages of the half, and Willie Readus' rebound basket with 2 second left cut the lead to 25-19.
In addition to causing 11 Jackson State turnovers, Memphis also held the visitors to 26 percent shooting before the break. But that was offset by the Jackson State rebounding edge.
The second half was much different. Memphis continued to force turnovers, Jackson State ending the night with 23 miscues, and forced poor shooting from the visitors, who shot 31 percent for the game.